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  • 1 hour Government expects to award contract for new fighter jet fleet in 2022, but admits it could face delays Nationalpost
    Though the federal government expects to award a contract for a new fleet of fighter jets in 2022, it admits that schedule is aggressive and could yet face further delays. A request for bids to provide 88 new jets to the Royal Canadian Air Force will be released next month, according to a new update on major Department of National Defence projects released Wednesday, with the proposals to be evaluated by 2021 and a contract to be awarded a year later. But in the update DND also admits that timeline is tenuous. “The approved schedule is considered very aggressive,” it ... more
  • 8 hours Life — after life: Does consciousness continue after our brain dies? Nationalpost
    He could see a nurse and doctor, a bald, “chunky fella” dressed in blue hospital scrubs. He watched as they frantically worked on his body, which was remarkable, considering he was, essentially, dead. The man had suffered a cardiac arrest. Normally there is no measurable brain activity after the heart stops beating. Within two to 20 seconds the brain flatlines. But the man would later tell researchers that he could see an unfamiliar woman beckoning from a corner up in the ceiling. “I can’t get up there,” he remembered thinking to himself, and then the next second, “I was up ... more
  • 16 hours Tony Musitano, once a notorious Mafia boss with a string of convictions and a wicked sense of humour, dead at 72 Nationalpost
    Anthony Musitano, known to everyone as Tony, was walking through the dry cleaner he ran in Hamilton, Ont., lighting a cigarette as he passed stacked barrels of chemicals. “Should you be smoking here? Is that stuff flammable?” I asked. Musitano turned with a serious look and said: “I can make it burn, if you want.” The joke was that Musitano was once so notorious for a string of arson and bombings in a Mafia extortion plot that Hamilton city council passed a unanimous motion banning him from the city when he was released from prison. Musitano, a leading Mafia figure ... more
  • 19 hours Scott Stinson: How the Raptors are tweaking their defence in series against the Orlando Magic Nationalpost -Sports
    TORONTO — Nick Nurse was blunt on Wednesday when asked if he expected the Orlando Magic to make many adjustments when they return home for Game 3 of this first-round series. “I would imagine they’re extremely pissed off this morning. And I imagine they’re going to be pissed off for the next 48 hours until the ball goes up,” said the Toronto Raptors head coach. Yes, well, he would know. For the two days following Orlando’s upset win in Game 1 on Saturday night, it was the Raptors who had to stew internally on a dispiriting loss. It was a ... more
  • 21 hours Rachel Notley is just the latest female premier to fail to win a second mandate. What’s going on? Nationalpost
    In Canadian political history, there have only been 11 female premiers and just one has gone on to win a second mandate — which didn’t last long. (And four provinces — New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan — have never had a female leader.) Rachel Notley is the most recent provincial leader to fail to secure a second mandate from the electorate, with her loss Tuesday to Jason Kenney’s United Conservative Party in Alberta. Given that female premiers are so rare, and their re-election record so poor, the question arises whether a politicians’ gender plays a role in their ... more
  • 21 hours Premier Dwight Ball calls Newfoundland and Labrador election for May 16 Nationalpost
    ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Premier Dwight Ball has called an early election in Newfoundland and Labrador for May 16, in what’s shaping up as a close race between the ruling Liberals and opposition Tories. Ball made the announcement Wednesday evening in the lobby of the Confederation Building in St. John’s after visiting the lieutenant-governor. He said the province is turning the corner toward a brighter future. “Our team is ready to build on our success,” said Ball, surrounded by supporters. “Newfoundlanders and Labradorians are facing a stark choice in this upcoming election: it’s onward or backward,” he said. Ball’s government ... more
  • 22 hours Post-Alberta win, Kenney faces long court battle over constitutionality of Ottawa carbon tax Nationalpost
    OTTAWA — Following his decisive election win in Alberta Tuesday, premier-designate Jason Kenney will now begin a long legal fight over the constitutional precedent of Ottawa’s carbon tax, one that’s expected to reach the highest court in Canada. The argument Kenney will present against the federal carbon tax, which came into effect April 1 of this year, is likely to mirror the court challenges brought by Saskatchewan and Ontario, which have questioned the constitutionality of the measure. The United Conservative Party’s win will mark a sharp turn in the province’s environmental policy. The NDP introduced a number of stringent climate ... more
  • 22 hours Sikh leader critical of federal terror report says his Sikh Liberation Front — and its AK-47 logo — don’t promote violence Nationalpost
    Moninder Singh has been outspoken in his criticism of a controversial recent federal terrorism report: despite its reference to alleged Sikh extremism, he says he’s aware of no one in Canada who espouses using violence to win Punjab’s independence from India. And that, he argues, includes people associated with a provocatively named group he helped found two years ago — the Sikh Liberation Front. The organization’s logo features three images of AK-47 assault rifles, and Singh’s SLF-linked Instagram account includes a number of tributes to and quotes from militants who fought the Indian government in the 1980s and 1990s. Those ... more
  • 23 hours As Beijing flexes its muscles, one Hong Kong politician is trying to spread Canadian values Nationalpost
    HONG KONG — Alvin Yeung doesn’t mince words about a new Hong Kong law promoting China’s national anthem. It not only requires the city’s school children to learn and sing the song, but includes penalties of up to three years in prison for anyone who dares insult it. “It’s crazy,” he says. “Bizarre.” And for Yeung, the fresh-faced leader of Hong Kong’s largest pro-democracy party, it’s also a stark contrast to how he was introduced to another anthem: O Canada. As a new immigrant attending a Toronto-area private school in the mid-1990s, there were lessons about the history of the ... more
  • 24 hours Rohena Gera’s Sir plays with your rom-com expectations Nationalpost -Arts
    This low-key romance from Indian writer/director Rohena Gera feels at first like a throwback to an American rom-com of the ’80s, with even less skin than in that time period. In a key scene, the male love interest comes upon his maid not in a state of undress, but of dress! But stick with Sir through its modest hour-and-40-minute runtime and you’ll see that Gera is actually playing with our expectations of the genre. Without giving away the ending, I can reveal that it’s somewhat open-ended. Happily ever after? Maybe. Tillotama Shome stars as Ratna, housekeeper to wealthy architect Ashwin, ... more
  • 1 day As the world sees a black hole for the first time, Claire Denis’s High Life couldn’t be more topical Nationalpost -Arts
    “Art-house science-fiction” is not a common genre. Where such hybrids exist, they usually serve as inspiration for later, more accessible remakes. Chris Marker’s 1962 La Jetée became 1995’s Twelve Monkeys, while the 1973 film World on a Wire was remade in 1999 as The Thirteenth Floor, and also helped inspire that year’s The Matrix. High Life, an English-language production from French auteur Claire Denis, gives you the opportunity to get in on the ground floor with this story of a small crew of explorers struggling to survive on a deep-space mission. (Be warned that there are some scenes of intense ... more
  • 1 day Man claims he fled to Canada because he’s a South Korean spy who received a dangerous mission — to deface a statue Nationalpost
    A man claiming to be a spy for South Korea’s intelligence agency who fled to Canada instead of accepting a dangerous mission to slip into North Korea to deface a statue of leader Kim Jong Un’s grandfather, has been ordered deported. Canada’s immigration authorities didn’t believe Kwoon Woo Cho’s strange tales of travelling to China and North Korea, spying on the Hermit Kingdom’s military capabilities. Cho, along with his wife and their daughter, are citizens of South Korea. After arriving in Canada in 2012, the family sought refugee protection. Credibility is a problem. When Cho first applied for asylum, he ... more
  • 1 day John Ivison: What Jason Kenney’s election in Alberta means for Justin Trudeau Nationalpost
    Jason Kenney saved his vitriolic interventions in the Alberta election campaign for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau rather than his opponent, NDP Premier Rachel Notley. This made sense — political attacks rarely work when the target is more popular than source and many voters held Notley in greater esteem than Kenney. But there was an edge to the United Conservative Party leader’s attacks on Trudeau that went beyond campaign strategy. The Liberal leader was citizenship and immigration critic while Kenney was the minister for the file in his early days in Stephen Harper’s government, and it would be fair to say ... more
  • 1 day A covert queso recipe was an unlikely victim of Israel’s failed moon mission Nationalpost -Arts
    There was an unlikely victim embroiled in last week’s failed Israeli moon mission: A covert recipe for chile con queso. According to the Austin American-Statesmen, a beloved recipe from the city’s Kerbey Lane Cafe chain of restaurants was on board the ill-fated Beresheet spacecraft, which crashed into the lunar surface. Austin mayor Steve Adler apparently selected the top-secret queso recipe for inclusion in the Arch Lunar Library, which was intended to serve as a time capsule left behind on the moon. The recipe, along with 25,000 books and other resources (including the entirety of the English-language Wikipedia), was “etched in ... more
  • 1 day Rule to control body hormone levels is ‘discrimination’, says Olympic medallist with hypoandrogenism Nationalpost -Sports
    Caster Semenya’s closest rival also has a condition that gives her high levels of naturally occurring testosterone and would be affected if track and field’s governing body implements a contentious rule to control hormone levels. Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi, who won silver medals behind Semenya in the 800 metres at the 2016 Olympics and 2017 world championships, said in an interview with the Olympic Channel that she has hyperandrogenism, the first time she’s spoken about it publicly. And echoing the argument of Semenya, the 25-year-old Niyonsaba called the IAAF’s intention to force some female athletes to lower their natural testosterone ... more
  • 1 day The Grizzlies gets into only a few minor scrapes on its way to a rousing finale Nationalpost -Arts
    With so much talk these days of cultural appropriation and well-meaning but kind of racist movies (see The Upside, Green Book, The Best of Enemies), this based-in-fact story gave me pause. It’s the tale of a small town in Nunavut whose youth were inspired and given a sense of pride by the formation of a sports team. On the one hand, the guy who creates the team is a white teacher from the south, played by Ben Schnetzer. And the film’s writing and directing talents are white too – Canadians Moira Wally-Beckett (Breaking Bad) and Graham Yost crafted the screenplay, ... more
  • 1 day Monty Python’s Life of Brian is resurrected Nationalpost -Arts
    Blasphemous or boisterous? When Monty Python’s Life of Brian was released 40 years ago this summer, religious groups and political jurisdictions lined up to denounce it. Ireland refused to show it for eight years, while Norway imposed a 12-month ban. (Sweden immediately stepped up with advertisements claiming it was too funny for Norwegians.) Some smaller jurisdictions held out even longer. The British borough of Torbay only lifted its ban in 2008, after Brian won an online poll of what to show at the local English Riviera International Comedy Film Festival that year. (If Torbay sounds familiar it’s also the home ... more
  • 1 day Alleged South Korean spy claimed to flee to Canada instead of defacing statue of Kim II Sung in North Korea Nationalpost
    A man claiming to be a spy for South Korea’s intelligence agency who fled to Canada instead of accepting a dangerous mission to slip into North Korea to deface a statue of leader Kim Jong Un’s grandfather, has been ordered deported. Canada’s immigration authorities didn’t believe Kwoon Woo Cho’s strange tales of travelling to China and North Korea, spying on the Hermit Kingdom’s military capabilities. Cho, along with his wife and their daughter, are citizens of South Korea. After arriving in Canada in 2012, the family sought refugee protection. Credibility is a problem. When Cho first applied for asylum, he ... more
  • 1 day Cook this: Lemon custards for Easter dinner from Uncomplicated Nationalpost -Arts
    Our cookbook of the week is Uncomplicated by Toronto-based chef Claire Tansey. Tomorrow, we’ll feature an interview with its author. To try another recipe from the book, check out: Balsamic roasted vegetables and easy maple-mustard ham. “It’s a sign of spring. There’s something about lemon desserts,” says Claire Tansey. You’ll need ramekins or small, heatproof cups for her sunny, five-ingredient custards, but otherwise, no special gear necessary. Tansey employs a water bath, which she says is a more “forgiving” method of baking custards. The technique tempers the heat of the oven (creating a gentler, moister environment), which reduces the chances ... more
  • 2 days Read Jason Kenney’s prepared victory speech in full after UCP wins majority in Alberta election Nationalpost
    Thank you! Friends, today our great province has sent a message to Canada and the world: Alberta is open for business! This democratic decision is a message to all of those Albertans who are struggling. To the unemployed, to those who have given up, to the small business owners barely hanging on, to the young people who got their degrees and diplomas but can’t put them to work, to those who have lost their homes and their hope after years of economic decline and stagnation. To them, tonight, we send this message: Help is on the way, and hope is ... more
  • 2 days Scott Stinson: Kawhi Leonard did it all for the Raptors in Game 2 win Nationalpost -Sports
    TORONTO – Kawhi Leonard, unleashed. After a season in which he was treated with the utmost caution, Toronto’s All-NBA talent was handed the keys to the offence on Tuesday night, and he responded with a performance that underlined why he was brought here in a risky off-season trade. Leonard scored at will from the opening jump, and finished with a hilariously efficient 37 points in just 33 minutes, as the Raptors won a game they had to have over the Orlando Magic by a score of 111-82 and evened the first-round playoff series at 1-1. As a team the Raptors ... more
  • 2 days Italian couple hiding from the Mafia in Canada surrender to immigration agents — with a new plan to stay Nationalpost
    MISSISSAUGA, ONT. — There was a time and a place when disguised, desperate fugitives surrendering to authorities rippled with drama. Tuesday near Pearson airport was not that time, nor that place. When a fugitive couple from Italy who fled to Canada fearing a bloodthirsty Mafia clan — and went into hiding from Canadian immigration officers after their asylum claim was refused — came to surrender, hiding their faces with sunglasses and hats, it meant taking a number, standing in line and waiting, waiting and waiting to be called into an interview room. The Demitris, both in their 40s and the ... more
  • 2 days Alberta election live results: How did your riding vote? Nationalpost
    Alberta voters headed to the polls on Tuesday to choose a victor in the race for the province’s premiership — will it be Jason Kenney and the United Conservative Party, as polls suggest, or will incumbent Rachel Notley and the New Democrats manage a victory? Voters head to polls in Alberta election as Kenney, Notley await public's verdict Rachel Notley on fixing Alberta's economy and election highs and lows Jason Kenney on health care, Justin Trudeau and taxes: 'Alberta lost the advantage and we need to get it back' Full coverage of Alberta and the 2019 election Watch ... more
  • 2 days Alberta election results live: Everything you need to know as polls close Nationalpost
    In a few hours time, Albertans will know who their next premier is. Probably. It will either be Rachel Notley, the popular leader of the flagging NDP, or it will be Jason Kenney, the controversial figure whose United Conservative Party showed a commanding lead in almost every poll. But adding to the potential election night drama are hundreds of thousands of advance votes, some of which won’t be counted until Wednesday at the earliest. For some ridings, where up to one-quarter of all ballots cast might not be counted early, it could mean the results in some ridings won’t be ... more
  • 2 days Bullies and mobs: Only-in-Vancouver spat between city and 4/20 organizers intensifies Nationalpost
    VANCOUVER— It’s one of the last vestiges of this city’s counterculture heyday — the annual gathering of cannabis activists and enthusiasts on 4/20. Even though city officials have grumbled about the unsanctioned event for years — citing the litter and the nuisance complaints — they’ve always accommodated it. But now an only-in-Vancouver clash between the city’s park board and 4/20 organizers is intensifying, potentially putting the future of the event, now in its 25th year, in question. A scheduled performance by American hip-hop group, Cypress Hill, which has a long affiliation with the cannabis industry, has city officials worried that ... more
  • 2 days Did Aga Khan break rules by giving Trudeau Bahamas vacation? Court orders lobbying commissioner to take fresh look Nationalpost
    OTTAWA — The Federal Court has ordered the lobbying commissioner to take another look at whether the Aga Khan broke the rules by giving Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a vacation in the Bahamas. In September 2017, then-commissioner Karen Shepherd said there was no basis to a complaint from an unnamed member of the public that the Aga Khan, a billionaire philanthropist, had violated the code for lobbyists by allowing Trudeau and his family to stay on his private Caribbean island. Shepherd’s office found no evidence the Aga Khan was “remunerated for his work” as a director of a foundation registered ... more
  • 2 days On-set ‘intimacy coordinators’ on the rise as Hollywood reckons with consent, harassment and sex assault Nationalpost -Arts
    Emily Meade felt uneasy. The actress, who plays a porn star on HBO’s “The Deuce,” was about to film one of the most vulnerable scenes of her career – a graphic sequence in which she had to simulate oral sex. At one point in the lengthy scene, she was supposed to stand in the corner, half-nude, while other characters spoke. “Reading that was a bit scary to me. I’m not only a little worried about the act of doing that, which is pretty vulnerable and potentially embarrassing, but especially with the internet, there’s going to be images of me, topless, ... more
  • 2 days Voters head to polls in Alberta election as Kenney, Notley await public’s verdict Nationalpost
    EDMONTON — Voters are heading to the polls in the Alberta election today and advance turnouts suggest it could be busy at the ballot boxes. Almost 700,000 people voted early in malls, airports, recreation centres, public buildings and an Ikea store. That was well ahead of the 235,000 who came out early in the 2015 election that saw Rachel Notley’s NDP deliver a surprise to the 44-year run of the Progressive Conservatives. This time around, the Progressive Conservatives are no more. The PCs merged with another right-centre party, the Wildrose, to create the new United Conservatives under former federal cabinet ... more
  • 2 days Milk Bar renames its ‘Crack Pie’ after the dessert was criticized for trivializing the crack epidemic Nationalpost -Arts
    Milk Bar’s Crack Pie — an oat cookie crust filled with butter, sugar and little else — has undergone a name change: Henceforth, the New York City-based dessert shop’s pastry shall be known as Milk Bar Pie. “Our mission, after all, is to spread joy and inspire celebration. The name Crack Pie falls short of this mission,” founder Christina Tosi announced. “It’s been on the Milk Bar menu since day one. And, the old name was getting in the way of letting the gooey, buttery slice bring happiness — my only goal in creating the thing in the first place,” ... more
  • 2 days Breakthrough feels like it would be more at home on small screens than the big one Nationalpost -Arts
    Secular critics review Christian dramas at their peril. When I heard of the true story behind this one – 14-year-old falls through ice, mom prays, child makes unheard-of recovery – I was immediately worried. Should I ask the cynical question: Why doesn’t God save everyone who prays? Or even more problematic: If I don’t pray and someone dies, is it somehow my fault? Kudos to Breakthrough for not dodging the doubters, and instead asking a version of these queries itself, and then providing the only real answer there is: No one knows. The screenplay is by Grant Nieporte (Seven Pounds), ... more
  • 2 days DisneyNature’s kid-friendly Penguins takes families on an adorable quest Nationalpost -Arts
    March of the Penguins is a lie. They don’t march. At best they waddle, slipping or tripping every fifth or sixth step and making a sound like a dropped squeaky toy. It’s only when they get in the water that the reason becomes clear. Adélie penguins are built to fly; just not in the air. In the water, they are grace incarnate. Once they hop back on land, they become Jerry Lewis in a tuxedo. The latest DisneyNature production, co-directed by Jeff Wilson and famed doc-maker Alastair Fothergill, heads to the coast of Antarctica and a colony of the adorable, ... more
  • 2 days Cook this: Easy maple-mustard ham for Easter dinner from Uncomplicated Nationalpost -Arts
    Our cookbook of the week is Uncomplicated by Toronto-based chef Claire Tansey. Over the next two days, we’ll feature another recipe from the book and an interview with its author. To try another recipe from the book, check out: Balsamic roasted vegetables. Glazed ham – the perfect balance of sweet and salty – is an Easter table mainstay. And since the holiday conveniently coincides with maple syrup season, the sweetener of choice is pretty much a given. Here, Claire Tansey smothers a pre-cooked, bone-in ham with a classic maple-mustard combination. “The best part about ham is it’s cooked when you ... more
  • 2 days Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants has announced its 2019 winners Nationalpost -Arts
    Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants has announced its fifth annual ranking and a French fine dining spot in Toronto has taken top honours once again. Alo, headed by chef-owner Patrick Kriss, was named best in Canada for the third year running. Kriss, who has opened three restaurants in as many years – including Aloette (No. 35) and Alobar (No. 65) – was also named Canada’s Most Outstanding Chef. Montreal institutions Joe Beef (No. 2) and Toqué! (No. 3) round out the top three. Toronto is home to the most top-ranking restaurants with 26 of the 100. Montreal is a close second ... more
  • 2 days Rachel Notley on fixing Alberta’s economy and election highs and lows Nationalpost
    As the campaign comes to a close, we sat down with NDP Leader Rachel Notley to discuss the issues Albertans are facing, from childcare, oil and the economy. Andrew Coyne: What the Conservative carbon tax obsession will cost us As Alberta election campaign winds down, Notley stays upbeat while Kenney campaigns deep in NDP territory ... more
  • 3 days Murder charges laid against man, 60, after four targeted shootings in Penticton, B.C. Nationalpost
    PENTICTON, B.C. — The British Columbia Prosecution Service says murder charges have now been laid against a suspect in the shooting deaths of four people in Penticton. Spokesman Dan McLaughlin says three counts of first-degree murder and one count of second-degree murder have been laid against John Brittain. The 60-year-old remains in custody and is due to appear in court in Penticton today. RCMP have said the shootings began at around 10:30 a.m. Monday when a 71-year-old man was killed outside a duplex in downtown Penticton. The suspect then drove about five kilometres to a second location where the other ... more
  • 3 days Scott Stinson: Everyone agrees — Kyle Lowry is essential to the Toronto Raptors, even when he’s missing shots Nationalpost -Sports
    TORONTO — Among all the comments made about Kyle Lowry from the Toronto Raptors over the past two days, my favourite was this, from Fred VanVleet on Sunday: “As long as he’s still leading, talking, taking charges, yelling at the refs and scratching and fighting, then he’s doing his job.” In sum, Lowry was held scoreless on a night when he missed all seven of his shot attempts? No big deal. But, if he was not barking at the officials, then we would know something serious was up. That would be time to panic. It’s a great observation from VanVleet, ... more
  • 3 days Leafs’ Nazem Kadri suspended for rest of series for cross-check on Bruins’ Jake DeBrusk Nationalpost -Sports
    NEW YORK — The Toronto Maple Leafs will have to do without Nazem Kadri for the rest of their first-round playoff series with the Boston Bruins. The centre was suspended for the rest of the series by the NHL on Monday following his cross-check to the head of Boston winger Jake DeBrusk in the third period of the Bruins’ 4-1 victory in Game 2 on Saturday. It could have been a longer suspension for Kadri. He was offered an in-person hearing by the NHL, meaning the league had the option to suspend him for more than five games. Kadri laid ... more
  • 3 days Four dead, man arrested after ‘targeted’ shootings in Penticton, B.C. Nationalpost
    PENTICTON, B.C. — RCMP say four people were found dead Monday in three locations within a five-kilometre radius in Penticton, B.C. Supt. Ted De Jager said a lone male suspect turned himself in at the city’s police headquarters. The four people who died were shot and the victims were targeted, he said. “We’re still trying to find the motive for this whole incident, so that’s part of the ongoing investigation.” De Jager said Mounties received a call about a possible shooting in the downtown at about 10:30 a.m. and the suspect was taken into custody about an hour later. Earlier, ... more
  • 3 days It’s not just pipelines: Sea ports could see marine traffic reviews after Ottawa’s directive on $2B Vancouver terminal Nationalpost
    OTTAWA — In an echo of the criticisms that stalled the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, opponents of a $2-billion container terminal near Vancouver are calling on the federal government to delay hearings on the project, arguing regulators have failed to account for the environmental effects of increased tanker traffic that would result from the development. Several First Nation communities and one private-sector firm are calling on regulators to delay hearings scheduled to begin May 14 after Environment Minister Catherine McKenna issued a directive last month that ordered officials to include marine shipping activity in their review of Roberts Bank Terminal ... more
  • 3 days What’s it like dining at Canada’s new $500 per person sushi restaurant? Nationalpost -Arts
    The stereotypes most commonly associated with North Americans abroad have never sat well with me. And yet, I have found it nearly impossible to shake our preceding reputation in Japan where my very presence — too tall, loud and probably lost somewhere — always feels boorish. My heels hang off the ends of the required pairs of slippers, my voice solicits judgmental side-eye stares at quiet sushi counters and, even after multiple trips to Tokyo, I still struggle with figuring out how to get the hi-tech, multi-setting toilets to work. Of course, Japan remains an incredible place to visit, and ... more
  • 3 days ‘Inconsistent with democratic values’: Internal conflict flared over Jody Wilson-Raybould’s controversial last act as justice minister Nationalpost
    OTTAWA — It was a curious remark, seemingly unrelated to the scandal that had brought the Clerk of the Privy Council before the justice committee of the House of Commons to testify for a second time. Towards the end of his opening statement on SNC-Lavalin, Michael Wernick suggested the committee might want to look into an obscure directive on civil litigation involving Indigenous peoples, a set of guidelines that government lawyers must follow in cases such as Aboriginal title claims. Jody Wilson-Raybould had issued the directive in January — her last major act before being shuffled out of her role ... more
  • 3 days Bookie taking a beating: Man bets $85,000 on 14-1 odds of Tiger Woods winning Masters Nationalpost -Sports
    Tiger Woods’ triumph Sunday at the Masters wasn’t just a feel-good story for himself and legions of golf fans; it made a lot of bettors pretty happy as well. Several major sportsbooks took a beating on the victory, with one bettor heading to the 19th hole with a tidy profit of about $1.2 million. The unidentified bettor took advantage of 14-1 odds, posted Tuesday at William Hill’s outlet in Las Vegas, on Woods winning his fifth green jacket this year. Having never before placed a wager with the firm, the prescient person put $85,000 down with those odds, making for ... more
  • 3 days How a baker survived the Titanic sinking by getting really drunk Nationalpost
    Monday, April 15th, 2019 marks the 107th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic 500 kilometres southeast of Newfoundland. Below, a repost of a 2017 feature about one of the disaster’s most unlikely survivors: Chief baker Charles Joughin.  They were supposed to be figuring out how the world’s largest ocean liner had sunk. But instead, one of the members of the British Titanic inquiry was grilling a survivor on how tipsy he’d been at the time of the disaster. “This is very important,” said the questioner, shushing the wigged Wreck Commissioner when asked the purpose of this booze-related interrogation. ... more
  • 3 days How French director Eva Husson dealt with the ‘venom’ pelted at her new film Nationalpost -Arts
    Eva Husson did not have an easy time at the Cannes Film Festival last May. The French filmmaker was there with just her second feature film, Girls of the Sun, entered in the prestigious competition. But as one of the few female directors in attendance that year (any year), the pressure to succeed was intense. And her father had died three days before the premiere. And then the press watched the movie, and the knives came out. “Immoral.” “Insultingly bad.” “It cheapens everything it touches.” Says Husson: “I’m getting ripped apart by the French press. It’s poisonous. The amount of ... more
  • 3 days Mississauga, Ont., woman shot point blank with crossbow by suspect who posed as delivery man Nationalpost
    MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Police say they’re looking for a man who allegedly posed as a delivery man in order to shoot a woman with a crossbow in Mississauga, Ont. Peel Regional Police say that in November 2018, a 44-year-old woman answered her door to the supposed delivery man who was carrying a large box. They say the woman and the suspect had a short conversation before the man allegedly shot her with a crossbow he had hidden inside the box. Officers say they believe the woman was targeted based on the conversation she had with the suspect before she ... more
  • 3 days Academic who blew the whistle on China’s influence on Australia says Canada is in even worse trouble Nationalpost
    Silent Invasion, Clive Hamilton’s ground-breaking book about China’s covert influence on Australian society, has been both applauded as an overdue exposé and criticized as an exaggeration of the problem. But when he finished the book, he received some unwanted validation of its central thesis: three Australian publishers declined to publish it, citing fear of retribution from Beijing or its allies. Hamilton, a professor of public ethics at Canberra’s Charles Sturt University and former executive director of progressive think-tank The Australia Institute, eventually found a willing publisher, and now is working on a sequel dealing with similar issues in North America. ... more
  • 3 days ‘Game of Thrones’ recap: In ‘Winterfell,’ Jon Snow returns home and learns the truth Nationalpost -Arts
    Well, here we are. After eight years; 67 episodes; countless deaths – actually, make that 2,339 deaths; approximately that many fan theories and predictions; and enough content to keep the entire Internet full, we’ve made it to the home stretch. These are the last six Sunday nights we get to spend with “Game of Thrones” and like the Unsullied marching toward Winterfell, we have a lot of ground to cover. So let’s take inspiration from both the straightforward fact-recitation style of Samwell Tarly and the sarcastic quip style of Euron Greyjoy and look back at the episode titled, simply, “Winterfell.” ... more
  • 3 days Cook this: Balsamic roasted vegetables for Easter dinner from Uncomplicated Nationalpost -Arts
    Our cookbook of the week is Uncomplicated by Toronto-based chef Claire Tansey. Over the next three days, we’ll feature more recipes from the book and an interview with its author. When it comes to entertaining, “I try to do as much as I can in advance,” says Claire Tansey. “I just want to sit and enjoy my friends’ company; all those old adages that we know about entertaining.” Using greenhouse-grown vegetables, this make-ahead side dish is ideal for Easter lunch or dinner: “Good at room temperature, good hot, just flexible; that’s what I’m into.” And if there’s any leftover on ... more
  • 4 days Newly discovered DNA quirk could reveal mysteries of Newfoundland’s first settlers Nationalpost
    ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — A Newfoundland genealogist has stumbled onto a rare and mysterious DNA quirk that he says could tell the untold story of the island’s first European settlers. David Pike, a mathematics professor and genealogist, said the rare mitochondrial DNA profile caught his attention over a decade ago when it began popping up frequently in test results for a Newfoundland and Labrador genealogy project. The profile — called H5a5, plus another unnamed mutation — is likely European in origin. It has appeared in about 10 per cent of the 264 people across the province who have supplied mitochondrial ... more
  • 4 days RCAF facing problems getting enough parts for C-130J Hercules transport planes – wheels being taken from older aircraft Nationalpost
    The Canadian military’s main fleet of transport aircraft have been dogged with problems over the last several years, prompting a warning at one point that the lack of the availability of the planes was having a significant impact. There have been problems getting enough parts for the C-130J Hercules transport aircraft fleet, forcing the Royal Canadian Air Force to use wheels and tire assemblies from older Hercules on the new planes. In 2017 an issue with avionics on one of the C-130Js prompted restrictions on the use of the aircraft fleet and a warning the problem was hindering the military’s ... more
  • 4 days ‘Worst tax ever’: Ontario to square up against Ottawa in court over carbon tax fight Nationalpost
    TORONTO — The federal and Ontario governments are set to square off in the province’s top court this week over Ottawa’s climate change law in a fight experts say is as much political and ideological as it is legal. At issue is the validity of Liberal government legislation that kicked in on April 1 and imposed a charge on gasoline and other fossil fuels as well as on industrial polluters. The law applies in those provinces that have no carbon-pricing regime of their own that meets national standards. Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government under Premier Doug Ford — supported by like-minded ... more
  • 4 days Fight over budget bill raises possibility of snap election in Manitoba Nationalpost
    WINNIPEG — There’s a game of chicken of sorts happening at the Manitoba legislature where a fight over a budget bill is creating uncertainty over a promised tax cut and raising the possibility of an early election. Premier Brian Pallister’s Progressive Conservative government introduced an omnibus budget bill this spring that includes a cut to the provincial sales tax. It was promised by the Tories in the 2016 election campaign and would drop the PST to seven per cent from eight as of July 1. Another section of the bill would eliminate a taxpayer-funded rebate for election expenses run up ... more
  • 4 days Legalization sparks curiosity in people who haven’t used pot in years or ever Nationalpost
    VANCOUVER — Cindi Phelps never imagined herself running a pot shop. She smoked weed as a teenager, but as an adult she says she became “cranky” about cannabis, endlessly lecturing her kids and judging everyone who touched the stuff. It was only when she neared 50 that she realized marijuana could soothe her pain from a chronic health issue. Now that she manages the Tamarack Cannabis Boutique in Kimberley, B.C., Phelps can relate to customers who are nervous about trying pot for the first time in decades — or ever. About 15 to 20 per cent of her customers fall ... more
  • 4 days Ontario’s top court allowing rare livestream of carbon-price legal fight Nationalpost
    TORONTO — Interested Canadians will have a rare opportunity this week to watch Ontario’s top court sort out a federal-provincial legal battle over carbon pricing. It will be the first time in more than a decade cameras are being allowed in the Court of Appeal to livestream an event. “Typically cameras are not permitted in courtrooms,” said Jacob Bakan, special counsel in the office of the province’s chief justice. “The court is making an exception for the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act.” The case, beginning on Monday, pits the Ontario government and supporters against the federal government and supporters over ... more
  • 4 days Lawsuit against Nunavut RCMP claims force losing touch with Inuit communities Nationalpost
    IQALUIT, Nunavut — An Inuit family whose son was shot by RCMP is suing the force over its alleged failure to staff Arctic detachments with officers who can speak with and understand the communities where they are posted. It’s the second recent lawsuit to question the relationship between officers and Indigenous northerners. The longtime northern lawyer who represents the family said she fears the RCMP is gradually losing its connection to the people they are supposed to serve. “We want to prevent another shooting death of a person in Nunavut,” said David Qamaniq, the father of Kunuk Qamaniq, who died ... more
  • 4 days Big pharma might cut research, delay new drugs if pharmacare means more generics: memo Nationalpost
    OTTAWA — Brand-name drug companies could put off introducing new medicine in Canada and scale back research here if the country makes a major shift to cheaper generic alternatives under a national pharmacare plan, according to an internal federal analysis. The concerns were included last year in a briefing document for federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau that explored the feasibility and costs of a pharmacare program. Pharmacare is shaping up as a key campaign issue in the October election, particularly for the Liberals. The Finance Department’s analysis was created a few days before Morneau’s 2018 budget officially launched an advisory ... more
  • 4 days ‘It’s overwhelming’: Tiger Woods wins his fifth Masters in 11 years Nationalpost -Sports
    AUGUSTA, Ga. — Fallen hero, crippled star, and now a Masters champion again. Tiger Woods rallied to win the Masters for the fifth time Sunday, a comeback that goes well beyond the two-shot deficit he erased before a delirious audience that watched memories turn into reality at Augusta National. Woods had gone nearly 11 years since he won his last major, 14 years since that green jacket was slipped over his Sunday red shirt. He made it worth the wait, closing with a 2-under 70 for a one-shot victory and setting off a scene of raw emotion. He scooped up ... more
  • 5 days Burkina Faso minister says missing Quebec woman is alive, removed from territory Nationalpost
    MONTREAL — A Canadian woman and her Italian companion who have been missing in West Africa since last December are alive but no longer in the country, a senior minister with Burkina Faso’s government says. Communications Minister Remis Fulgance Dandjinou told Italian public broadcaster Rai that Edith Blais of Sherbrooke, Que., and her travel companion, Luca Tacchetto of Italy, are not in danger. In an interview broadcast on Friday, Dandjinou said he was hopeful the pair can be located and brought home safe and sound. Blais, 34, and Tacchetto, 30, were travelling by car in southwestern Burkina Faso and heading ... more
  • 5 days Liberals aim to keep prioritizing Indigenous agenda despite SNC fallout Nationalpost
    OTTAWA — Justin Trudeau’s Liberals say they are still hearing support from Indigenous people and leaders, despite concerns raised publicly about Trudeau’s expulsion of two ex-ministers who had been central to work on reconciliation. While the Liberals have repeatedly said that addressing the relationship with Indigenous Peoples in Canada is a top priority, that commitment has been openly questioned by some Indigenous leaders, especially since the ejections of Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott from the Liberal caucus. Terry Teegee, the British Columbia regional chief in the Assembly of First Nations, suggested the ejections showed a “deeply flawed and dishonest intent” ... more
  • 6 days Professor discovers centuries-old attempt by Christopher Columbus’s son to summarize every book in existence Nationalpost
    If he had lived 10 or 20 years earlier, Christopher Columbus’s son Ferdinand might have been able to achieve his dream of collecting every single book in the world. But the early 16th-century was the dawn of industrial printing, and this madcap project, driven by desire for status if not vanity and powered by the new prestige of the Columbus name, failed to reach its increasingly impossible goal. “Realistically, it’s not doable. There were too many cities printing too many books,” said Guy Lazure, a historian at the University of Windsor. The 4,000 volumes that remain today, after centuries of ... more
  • 6 days Couple’s young daughters taken from Canada to child-custody limbo in Casablanca Nationalpost
    Elena Danilina went to sleep one night last April in her midtown Toronto condo thinking her two daughters were safely on a plane with her husband, en route via New York to Casablanca, Morocco, to visit his sick mother. They were not. A couple of worried days later, her husband told her the cold truth by text: Rita, now 11, and Maria, 6,  both students at north Toronto public schools and new Canadian citizens, had been taken excruciatingly beyond her reach. Their father, Jay Squalli, a professor of economics at American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates, had ... more
  • 6 days Scott Stinson: Newcomers could be key to Raptors finally getting over their playoff hump Nationalpost -Sports
    TORONTO — Kawhi Leonard was asked a perfectly logical question on Friday afternoon about whether the addition of so many players who were not part of previous Raptors playoff struggles would help this team get over the hump. “What hump?,” he said. I mean, we know you are new here and all, but surely you have spent some time around a television. Leonard, the guy who was brought to Toronto specifically because the Raptors Playoff Express kept ending up in a ditch with a cracked windshield and smoke pouring out from under the hood, would not take the bait. He ... more
  • 6 days On the road with Jason Kenney and Laureen Harper as the Alberta election enters its final leg Nationalpost
    CALGARY — In a quiet Calgary neighbourhood in the city’s southeast, United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney pushes open the passenger door of the still-moving blue pickup truck and jumps out to greet a crew of volunteers. “He loves these rolling exits,” says Rebecca Schulz, the UCP candidate for Calgary-Shaw, with an edge of motherly disapproval. Laureen Harper, wife of former prime minister Stephen Harper, brings the truck to a complete stop but Kenney is already shaking the hand of Calgary-Peigan candidate Tanya Fir and greeting her team. As Harper joins him on the suburban lawn, Kenney introduces her and ... more
  • 6 days McGill University drops Redmen name from sports teams, citing pain caused to Indigenous students Nationalpost
    MONTREAL — McGill University is dropping the Redmen name for its men’s varsity sports teams, effective immediately, the university announced Friday. Principal Suzanne Fortier said in a statement that the Redmen name has caused pain and alienation for Indigenous students at the university. Even though the name was not initially adopted as a reference to Indigenous peoples, that association was made in the 1950s when men’s and women’s teams came to be nicknamed the “Indians” and “Squaws.” Some teams later adopted a logo with an Indigenous man wearing a headdress. “Today, ’Redmen’ is widely acknowledged as an offensive term for ... more
  • 6 days Terror report could trigger seismic shift in Sikh political leanings, impact next election Nationalpost
    It’s touted as the largest celebration of its kind outside India, drawing almost 500,000 people to mark the Sikh religion’s new year. For politicians eager to tap into an electorally powerful ethnic group, the huge version of Khalsa Day in Surrey, B.C., is a veritable gold mine. But barring a significant change of tune by the federal government over the next week, this year’s edition will impose an unprecedented policy. Unless certain demands are met, Liberal MPs will be barred from speaking from its stages on April 20, says organizer Moninder Singh. “We’ve never had to take steps like this,” ... more
  • 6 days Alberta election issues, explained: The economy Nationalpost
    Alberta’s economy has always been boom and bust, but the current recession has been long and deep. It’s the defining issue of the provincial election. Watch the video for a breakdown of Alberta’s oil economy by the numbers and how it plays a key role in the upcoming election. ... more
  • 6 days With shades of Green Book, The Best of Enemies is a big ol’ ball of yikes Nationalpost -Arts
    If you learn one thing from this well-meaning, feel-good biopic about the black community organizer who became friends with the local leader of the Ku Klux Klan – well, it’ll be the meaning of charrette. Anything else, I’m going to guess you already know going in. A charrette (I didn’t know either) is a working group of stakeholders convened to solve a problem. At issue in The Best of Enemies – set in Durham, N.C., in 1971 – was that a fire in the town’s all-black school led to talk of integration. Arguing for, on the assumption that it would ... more
  • 6 days Bumper innuendo: We rank Canada’s licence plate slogans for sexual spice Nationalpost
    Ontario’s provincial government has a proposition for its citizens: How about a new look for your licence plates? Last week, it was reported the slogan “Yours to Discover” would be replaced on the plates with “Open for Business,” a phrase intended to reflect the new Progressive Conservative government’s economic policies. Signs bearing the slogan have already been erected at some provincial border crossings. On social media, however, some Ontarians quickly pointed out the slogan might sort of imply something: that the person inside the car is available for … services? “As a woman, ‘Open for Business’ on my licence plate ... more
  • 6 days ‘There was no wrong you could do’: Elisabeth Moss gets unhinged for Her Smell Nationalpost -Arts
    In Her Smell, a third collaboration with indie director Alex Ross Perry (following the equally strange and singular Queen of Earth and Listen Up Philip), Elisabeth Moss stars as Becky Something, a ’90s grunge-rock queen — running mascara and all — who has one too many addictions. The film takes a slightly different tonal route from Moss and Perry’s previous projects, but she remains front and centre. Manic and loose, the film is essentially one long emotional breakdown, glued to Becky and her drug-fuelled diatribes with endless tracking shots and lengthy, unsettling close-ups. Despite the fact that, since graduating from ... more
  • 6 days Like so many characters in the books and television series, I made the wrong choice when it came to Game of Thrones Nationalpost -Arts
    Eight years ago this spring, I received a package from HBO Canada that had a curious note along with the usual DVD screeners. It was from the show’s two co-creators, and they asked that in writing about the show, reviewers not reveal the twist at the end of the pilot episode. It seemed like an odd request of a television critic. Who reveals the big spoilers in their review? “Bruce Willis, who was dead the whole time, should get Oscar consideration for The Sixth Sense.” But then I watched the first episode of Game of Thrones, and it made more ... more
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